Revisiting: What Remedy Is Bart Simpson?

Who’s familiar with Bart from the TV cartoon series “The Simpsons”? He’s a very badly behaved child; but, a lot of kids are these days; hence, this quiz! Scroll down for the answer.

It’s time for the quiz, Mom!

   

Here are a couple of things I forgot to mention;

Forgot to mention?  You haven’t said anything yet!

I think I may have mentioned Conan O’Brien’s show is switching formats.

 

Right, and I think I may have mentioned that, no one cares!

Conan will be cut to a half-hour show in January.

That is a real demotion!

Apparently his house band (formerly The Max Weinberg 7) will no longer be part of the show.  I don’t know why Coney is doing this to me!

Why is he doing it to himself?  This is such a humiliation, he ought to quit!

He gave a very classy speech on his last hour-long show in tribute to them.  Then he played the guitar with them and sang “40 Days”.

“40 Days” again?  Is that the only song he knows?

So a month ago in the car we were talking about record producer and song-writer, Thom Bell…

 

(who apparently is Jamaican).

Really?  No way!  You’re kidding!

We were talking about him because “Easy Come, Easy Go” by the Spinners came on.

 The Spinners

 

I am finding it hard to believe that a Jamaican is responsible for the classy soul sounds of The Delfonics and The Spinners!

Mom, I’m trying to say something here.

Oh!  Well that’s different.  Never mind! 

Turns out in January, “La-La Means I Love You” by the Del Fonics turns 50 years old.

Wow!  Can we play that?

Yes!

This video is a real find!  There’s not too much footage of soul singers from back in the day–basically, no one was filming them!  I guess the rationale was, “Hey, they’re black, right?  Who’s gonna watch them but other black people?!”  Grr!!!!!

 The Del Fonics

 

 Waaah!!  Mom, it’s so sad.

“La-la Means I Love You”?  It wasn’t that sad….

 No, mom!  Once again you’re missing the point!  As you can see above, that is a picture of Spongebob Squarepants…

So it is.  Are you going to somehow make this tie-in?

…a lovable sea sponge–Spongia, to you– created by a man who was also a former marine biologist named Stephen Hillenburg (see below) who has, unfortunately, died from something called ALS.

If only he had known about Lathyrus sativus.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Spongebob is a very popular cartoon.

Spongbob was in one of our “famous person” quizzes!

So popular, in fact, there was a Broadway musical about him last year.  I really wish I could’ve seen it.  Stephen is the man responsible for bringing Spongebob to life.  Without him there would be no Spongebob! 

Gasp!

Can you imagine?  He wrote and produced it as well.  After the first movie, he left but still continued as producer.  By the time of the second movie, he returned to the show and continued to work until his death.  I think it’s amazing that despite his illness, he soldiered on.

So sad…

Spongebob is a very clever show and apparently it’s going to continue without him.  I heard there’s a third movie in the works for 2020 and the show is currently in it’s 12th season.  Also, I can’t remember if I mentioned that Spongebob will be 20 years old next year.

So put that on your calendar so when the time comes you can say, “Guess what turned 20?”

Oh, and this is really interesting.  Apparently Stephen worked on some episodes of “the Rugrats” before “Spongebob”.

We learn so much here… not!

 I guess I should mention that former U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, died.

Well, if you have to…..  Trust me, no one cares.

We don’t normally talk about politics here at the ezine…

We don’t?

…but without him, we never would’ve had Dana Carvey’s hilarious impressions of him or that episode of “The Simpsons” you didn’t think was funny. 

It wasn’t.  But speaking of “The Simpsons”…

I just have to interrupt for one second to say that the reason we are doing this quiz is because “The Simpsons” turned 30 this month.

Is that so?  So as I was about to say… guess who’s in The Quiz this month? 

Bart Simpson!  

Make that 29.  

What?  

“The Simpsons”–turned 29–this month.  

No one cares, Shana!

 

 

 

 One of my clients who thinks that maybe her whole family is a replica of “The Simpsons”, has requested that I do a “What Remedy Is Bart Simpson” quiz!

So, in order to explain Bart to our non-English speaking friends, who won’t be able to understand the video, Bart is every parent’s worst nightmare!  He’s hyper-active, has trouble paying attention, is not doing well in school and doesn’t really care.  He has a penchant for getting into trouble (“Now Marge, you’re going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working at a Burlesque House….”), he carries a sling-shot in his back pocket, the show always starts with Bart’s punishment for misbehaving in school (writing on the blackboard 100 times “I promise never to do…. ever again”),

 

he’s very bored in church unless he’s played a trick on Reverend Lovejoy (like switching the hymn to a rock ‘n’ roll song) and in the episode we’re about to see, called “Bart Gets An F”, we begin with Bart giving a book report on a book he never read.  He’s told he better pass  tomorrow’s test on Colonial America, or else he’s in real trouble! 

After school, Bart spends hours at the video arcade playing violent video games, then goes home, drinks a can of soda while watching violent cartoons on TV, eats dinner, then he and his father, Homer Simpson, spend hours watching a stupid movie about a giant ape running amok.  Finally, at bed time, Bart starts studying.  Two seconds later, he’s asleep. 

The next day, knowing he hasn’t studied, Bart fakes an attack of appendicitis in the classroom and gets sent to the nurse’s office.  Ultimately, he gets sent home.  He’s fooled everybody but his sister, Lisa.  Bart tells her not to worry as he calls his best friend Milhouse on the phone and says, “What were the answers on the test today?”  What he doesn’t know is that Milhouse flunked the test!  Therefore, you guessed it, Bart fails the test as well, with his teacher adding, “This is the worst test score since Milhouse failed the exam yesterday!”

The school psychiatrist is called in, as well as Bart’s parents.  “An under-achiever and, yet, proud of it,” the psychiatrist observes.  After making note of Bart’s poor attention span, Homer zones-out and doesn’t hear anything else.  Finally the psychiatrist says, “I think Bart should repeat the 4th grade.”  This upsets Bart so much, he begs for a make-up exam.

He tries to get the smart kid in the class, Martin Prince, to help him pass.  He says, “Martin, if you help me pass this test, I’ll keep the other kids from laughing at you.”  To prove that the other kids do, in fact, laugh at him, Bart pushes Martin down to the ground twice, and all the kids laugh.

And so it begins: Martin tries to show Bart how to study.  First he sees that Bart’s room is a mess and helps him clean it up.  Bart explains to Martin that cool kids sit in the back of the bus, not in the front–same with church and school, and they do dumb things like throw unsuspecting boys into the girls’ bathroom! 

However, the plan back-fires when Martin becomes so exhilarated over no longer being a dork, he says the heck with studying and runs off with the boys who used to laugh at him to the video arcade!  Bart is once again on his own.  He does the only thing he can do, he prays for some natural disaster to close school!

The next day, it snows.

Bart studies real hard, he slaps himself in the face to try to stay focused, but it’s no use!  He gets a 59 on the test.  The teacher says, “It’s another F, Bart, see you in the 4th grade again!”  Bart cries.  He says, “Now I know how George Washington felt when he surrendered to the French in 1754!”  His teacher is brought up short.  “What?” she says.  “That’s good enough for an extra point!”  She changes Bart’s grade to a 60–(a D-minus).  Bart is ecstatic!  He runs home singing, “I passed!  I passed!  I got a D-minus!!!”

So, OK, gang, that’s it!   Here’s the video, click on the link below (just a tip, I can only watch this thing on Google Chrome–but, maybe that’s just because I’ve got an old computer), and write down the elements of the case as you’re watching; for instance, Bart’s messy room means he’s “untidy”–that’s the rubric for “messy”.  OK?  So make a list of the elements of the case, then find rubrics for them, then repertorize, and write to me at [email protected] and tell me what remedy is Bart Simpson! 

 

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Votes

Sulphur-2

Lachesis

Phosphorus

Lycopodium

 

Is anybody here today?

 

Hi Elaine .

Well I think Bart is a chip off the old block and I remember Homer being a sulphur so i’m going down the lazy route and saying Bart is like his dad ..a sulphur.  Same untidy mind and habits, same day-dreamer, same lack of application and laziness.

Hi Neil, well, Homer would be proud of you because, yes, you took the lazy way out!  Now you actually have to do the work, find the elements of the case.  Sure, you can say Bart is “lazy”, but, isn’t it more to the point that Bart has an “aversion to study”?  That’s a much more useful rubric than “laziness” which contains 265 remedies!  (Murphy’s Repertory)  So, no, it’s not Sulphur.  Keep trying.

Doh!

Good-bye, Neil!  Is anybody else here today?

 

Hello Elaine and Shana,

Hi Salma!

I guess Bart Simpson is Lachesis!

A good guess; I know why you think so, because he’s cruel, right?  But did you make a list of the elements of the case?  Remember I said that Bart’s messy room meant that he was “untidy”?  Is Lachesis under “untidy”?  No.  This requires real discernment.

Thanks Elaine. I took the rubrics:

Mind- activity, mental-increased

What led you to pick this one?

Sorry, I should have picked “hyperactive children”

Mind- deceitful

Right, I picked that one too.

Mind-concentration, general-difficult

With over 250 remedies, this rubric isn’t going to help us much.  Too big.  I picked “Attention Deficit Disorder”, which only has 28 remedies.  It’s in Murphy’s Mind chapter.

Mind- egoistical, haughty

I’m not sure that Bart is “haughty”, per se.

Mind-restlessness

Too big a rubric, hundreds of remedies.  Wouldn’t “hyperactive children” be better?  18 remedies. 

when i add “untidy” Sulphur comes first then Lachesis

Mind-untidy

But if i add dirtiness in place of untidy (as it contains only 5) Sulphur comes first and then Nux vomica

And if i take mind-restlessness, drives him from place to place in place

No, I don’t think that rubric pertains to this case.  Bart is a hyperactive child.  He probably eats too much junk food, which is why he can’t be still and can’t study.  We saw him drinking a soda while watching cartoons.

Is there any other rubric i can take for Burt sympson?

 

Think about Bart:

He has an aversion to school, an aversion to studying, an aversion to reading (all are rubrics); all he wants to do is play!  That’s a rubric too, “Playing, desire for”.  He’s disobedient, cruel, deceitful and untidy.  Also, like you said, he’s got ADD and hyperactivity.  What do you think now?

Sorry sometimes I am so dumb!  Now I think Bart is Medorrhinum.

Absolutely!!!!

Thanks Elaine for guiding and teaching.

Regards

Salma

Bangladesh

 

Oh look, it’s the gang from Slovakia!

 

Dear Elaine and Shana,

we send our first answers in this year to the last quiz of the last year.

Wow, so profound!

Miroslav’s answer is: Phosphorus

After reading the description of Bart, I thought of such remedies as Tub., Stram., Tarent …, but after watching the video I didn´t feel aggressiveness or maliciousness in the boy.

Really?  Because he’s always in trouble!

… It rather seemed to me he has a sort of bad luck, he is easily detracted from the object of his interest and really mindless.

I’ve picked these rubrics including hints:

Mind, chaotic

What did he do that was chaotic?  He simply won’t study.  He can’t concentrate, he hates to read, he hates school, he only wants to play, he’s disobedient, he’s deceitful and he’s a bit cruel.

Mind, learns badly

He doesn’t learn at all!  He has an aversion to study.  That’s actually a rubric.

Mind, fear of failure (repetition of a school grade)

No, he just wants to stay with his class.  He imagines still being in the 4th grade as a grown-up, in the same class as his own (future) son!  What a disgrace that would be!  He knows he has to pass the test but he can’t concentrate to read!

Mind, inattentive

That’s a good rubric, but even better is the subrubric “inattentive when studying”!  That’s really to the point, isn’t it?  And only 3 remedies–and one of them is the one I picked!

Food, drinks, soda drinks, desire–Phosphorus.

True, but, you know why kids like sodas?  They’re full of sugar!  Of course, Phosphorus desires sweets too.  But, no, it’s not Phosphorus.  Phosphorus isn’t cruel, deceitful, lying, dishonest, cheating–though they do have trouble paying attention, staying focused; their mind does wander.

 

Jitka´s answer is: Sulphur

I saw  these features in Bart, in my opinion they create a picture of the child Sulphur.

 

– perpetual motion;

 

– centre of any mischief

 

– high spirited; naughty

 

– getting into trouble and into fights

 

– disobedient; unheeding and defiant of reprimand.

 

– coarseness and roughness

 

– laziness, untidiness,

 

– lack of discipline

 

– irresponsibility,

 

That’s a good one.  “Aversion to responsibility”.  But, you know what?  You missed all the obvious ones: Aversion to reading, to studying, aversion to school.  Pretending to have appendicitis and copying Milhouse’s test answers, what’s that?  That’s “deceitful” and “lies, inclination to tell lies”; and he’s cruel, he pushed Martin down twice to prove to him that kids really do laugh at him.

Anyway, the remedy is Medorrhinum.  Robin Murphy used to call Medorrhinum children “Wild Child”: undisciplined, irresponsible, hyperactive, poor grades, poor study habits, getting into fights, mischief, lying, cheating…  Plus, other traits that include:

hot–walks around in bare feet, throws the covers off at night

desires ice, loves to suck on ice cubes

thirsty for cold drinks

better at night, dull during the day

desires oranges and unripe fruit like green apples

better at the ocean

 

Here’s my repertorization:

Well, bye everybody, thanks for participating!  See you again next time!

 

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Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Facekom ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
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Shana Lewis

Shana Lewis

Shana spices up the Facekom Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

5 Comments

  • What a shame you couldn’t resist being political by being sarcastic about the death of President George Bush. I do wonder what the remedy is for a whole culture of people who are so arrogant and closed-minded as to believe only their point of view is viable, and any other versions of “truth” must be ridiculed, vilified, and/or suppressed. It dehumanizes others – who have the same right you do to their opinions, beliefs, and attitudes. What is homeopathic about needing to make someone who holds or represents a different point of view a target? I doubt that Hahnemann would have found that a laudable mindset for a healing practitioner.

    A closed mind has stopped “thinking” long ago.

    • Ellen, I think you read too much into that. I was merely observing that since most of our readers are from Asia and Europe, along with the remoteness of the Bush presidency (30 years ago), that probably no one would care that he died.

  • when there is no actual physical ailment to treat, do you think that a constitutional or a miasmatic remedy is indicated?

    • If there’s no “ailment”, you take a constitutional case. But, Bart’s behavior problems and inability to pay attention are an “ailment” of sorts. More importantly, he matches the remedy picture of Medorrhinum. Too bad we can’t give it to him.

  • Hey Shana!
    my 6 is white, but I totally enjoy ”papa was a rolling stone”, and the rest!.
    Now here’s me shame’n scandal in the family ( pls don.t shoot!): some of us have a constitutional remedy and others behave sometimes like,, and some other time like.. Bart is from the first category!

    Bart’s not only

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